This film shows numerous types and models of World War One aircraft in operation. It opens showing Allied airplanes preparing for a maximum air campaign in the battle of Saint Mihiel. View from inside a hanger as its flap opens and men push a Sopwith Camel airplane out onto airfield. Map of St Mihiel. American planes warm up on flight line in predawn, with flares burning at wingtips. Huge numbers of allied airplanes are marshaled on airfields throughout the theater of operations and begin taking off. Among them is a French Morane-Saulnier low wing monoplane. German fliers are seen loading small hand held bombs into the cockpit of their Albatross aircraft. Soldiers in combat on ground in "no man's land" during the battle of St. Mihiel. They take refuge in large shell and bomb craters and try to advance running between them.. Germans fliers dropping bombs, by hand, from airplane. Numerous Allied and German airplanes in aerial dogfights. American planes over clouds. American Observation balloon attacked in sky. Balloon in flames, and trailing black smoke as it falls to the ground. French flag flies at an airfield, where a nosed-over airplane sits, by a hangar, as airplanes fly overhead. Aircraft taxiing about in close quarters at airfield. Large formations of American airplanes flying overhead in a grand formation, following the Armistice, November 11, 1918 Then the film shifts dramatically from World War One to the post-WWII year of 1947. It illustrates the dramatic advances in warplanes since WWI by showing U.S. B-36 bombers and straight-wing F-84 Thunderjet fighters is formation.
U.S. soldiers near St. Mihiel, France during World War I. A band of American soldiers leads a funeral procession. A caisson moves across a field towards a graveyard. Houses in the background. Newly dug graves in the graveyard. Closeup view of cross at the grave of Major Harry A. Harvey of the 103rd Field Artillery, who died on September 12, 1918. Clergy and soldiers seen during the funeral ceremony for Major Harry Aloysius Harvey and other soldiers killed in the Battle of St Mihiel.
Consequences of the St. Mihiel Offensive of World War I. A German cemetery in St. Mihiel, France. A road along the cemetery. Trees along the road. A vehicle parked on the road. A man standing in the cemetery salutes. A soldier enters the cemetery.
Consequences of the St. Mihiel Offensive of World War I. Views of St Mihiel, Vigneulles, Mont Sec and other towns in France. Houses in a village. Trees in the area. Hills in the far background. Ruins as a result of the offensive. A man on horseback near a railway track. People walk along the railway track. Ruined buildings in the background. Women and children. Damaged shops in a market place. Rubbled buildings. A building with a gaping hole in one of its sides.
Consequences of the St. Mihiel Offensive of World War I. Views of St Mihiel, Vigneulles, Mont Sec and other towns in France. Ruined buildings and debris in an area. French officers inspect the damage.
Views of a village.
Consequences of the St. Mihiel Offensive of World War I. Views of St Mihiel, Vigneulles, Mont Sec and other towns in France. Ruined buildings in the area. Men walk amongst ruins. Rubbled buildings. French officers inspect the damage. A bridge across a water body. Panoramic view of the area. Men walk in a street lined with rubbled houses. Debris in the area. Men on horseback.